I am back with more garden pictures as promised! Last week I shared how as much as I was looking forward to meeting my new grandson, yet I didn't want to leave my garden because I could tell everything was budding and just ready to burst into bloom. Well, I was right because when I returned home the color was jaw dropping.
This is a side garden that borders my driveway.
Stella d' Oro Day Lilies are great plants for lining a driveway or pathways.
The impatient and begonias have done so well with this year because of all the rain we keep getting.
This year I planted a lot of zinnias. About a 1/4 to 1/2 of what I planted died. Zinnias love it hot and dry and it's been cool and wet until recently. But the few that did live, turned out beautifully!
This is one of the gardens I renovated this year (still working on the other one, hence the wood chip bags you see in the upper left corner). I want this garden to be mostly an annual garden as it the first garden you see when you arrive at our house. I also have great views of this garden from my kitchen and living room windows. There are some perennials in this garden, but it's mostly filled with zinnias, marigolds, and impatiens.
The next two pictures are aerial views of that same garden. The pond is right next to my front porch. I can hear the sound of water through my kitchen window. All the neighborhood wildlife love to come to this pond for a drink.
This is a purple bee balm in the same family as the red bee balm. It grows much shorter, and it's not as aggressive as the red version. I think it's so pretty.
A close up of the purple bee balm.
I plant annuals up against the house, right next to the front porch. These tall red salvias are planted here every year. I put white begonias in front of them. They go nicely with my red brick house and white trim.
Here is a longer view of the garden flowers shown above. The Salvias and Begonias get the most sun, then from there it gets shady so I have planted impatient with shady begonias behind them.
In the corner I always have a climbing vine. Every year it's different. Last year I had a pink jasmine flower planted here. This year I tried this annual flower and I really like it! It's called Thunbergia.
The bee balm is still blooming in the southern retaining wall garden. I told you it's a very long lasting perennial. It blooms for weeks! The hollyhock have also started to bloom.
Last week I showed you a light pink Astilbe in bloom, this week my other varieties have bloomed like this purple one.
Yes, the clematis is still in bloom. I love how the hot orange and yellow Asiatic lilies contrast so beautifully with the purple blooms of the clematis.
Here is a pretty fuchsia Astilbe.
A close up of an orange Asiatic lily.
A close up of a Hollyhock bloom.
An aerial view of the sun room garden.
Aerial view of the yard looking down at the shed.
The two gardens lining the "driveway". It will be a concrete driveway "someday". Every year we do one section. We do all the work ourselves, and it's quite expensive, so we can only do one section per year.
A white Asiatic lily. One of my favorite lilies...so pretty!
Almost all the Purple Coneflower are in bloom now. The butterflies have been very happy!
A close up of a yellow Asiatic lily.
Purple Astilbe in the shade sun room garden (it's a shade garden, but I call it the "sun room garden" because the garden can be viewed from inside my sun room).
I love Hosta blooms almost as much as I love Hosta plants. The bees love them too. I love to watch the bees go deep inside their blooms.
A sitting area in the sun room shade garden. Notice the hanging water bucket? I was at a garden center and saw they hung antique watering cans from trees and thought it was such a cute and novel idea I decided to try it in my own garden. Of course, they hung many in their trees and I only have one. If I ever find any on sale, I'll buy a few more.
And finally, a red yarrow plant. I have red yarrow, and a little white. I use to have yellow yarrow, the most common variety, but it died out from lack of sun. :( This one is sure looking happy in this spot.
I hope you enjoyed my little garden tour. Come back next week to see more!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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